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Gig Economy

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General Intelligence

A new paper sheds light on the industry’s troubling relationship with the global gig economy

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The company’s $62 million FTC settlement shows ‘corporate crime pays’

An Amazon Flex driver delivers packages in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on December 18, 2018. Photo: Boston Globe/Getty Images

This year, the plight of gig drivers went mainstream

Uber drivers protest Proposition 22 in a caravan in front of City Hall in Los Angeles on October 22, 2020 Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Grocery delivery app Dumpling attracts couriers with the promise of full autonomy. Some drivers say it’s not following through.

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Prop 22 was only the beginning

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Uber Freight says its app offers drivers more transparency and consistent earnings, but some truckers are worried it won’t help them for the long haul

Richard Hernandez, an Arkansas truck driver, regularly books loads on Uber Freight. “I think they’re just trying to increase their profit margin,” he says of the app. Photographed on November 13, 2020 in Atkins, Arkansas by Terra Fondriest for OneZero

A cheat sheet for your doomscrolling

A cab driver helping a passenger load his luggage at LAX.
A cab driver helping a passenger load his luggage at LAX.
A taxi driver helps a departing passenger with his luggage in line of taxis at LAX on October 18, 2020. Photo: Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times/Getty Images
  • Gig economy workers in California will be classified as independent contractors. In October, a California court ordered Uber and Lyft to hire their workers as employees under a new state labor law. The ballot measure that passed Tuesday allows Uber and Lyft to continue classifying drivers as independent contractors regardless.
  • Gig economy workers will get some benefits. Though meager compared…

Proposition 22 would officially make gig economy workers freelancers

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